Latest news:



DT encourages the children to think and intervene creatively to solve problems, both as individuals and as members of a team.

At Brabourne, our design and technology curriculum provides opportunities for the children to think of themselves as, and become designers and producers of purposeful products that will be used in real-life contexts. We encourage the children to think and intervene creatively to solve problems both as individuals and as members of a team, within a variety of contexts. The children consider their own
and others’ needs, wants and values. The children are also given opportunities to reflect upon and evaluate past and present design technology, its uses and effectiveness and they are encouraged to become innovators and risk takers. Design and Technology is promoted through collaborative and experiential learning opportunities. Wherever possible knowledge and skills learned in design and technology are linked to real life contexts so that children can gain relevant, concrete and modern experiences in areas they might not ordinarily have the opportunity to encounter.

In line with the National Curriculum, the principal aims of DT at Brabourne are for all pupils to:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook

Cultural Capital in DT

At Brabourne, we build the Cultural Capital of our pupils by providing them with a means to engage with and understand the world around them – and their relationship with it.  We learn about how the world and its products are represented and about the ideologies running through them. Cultural awareness is developed through creating, investigating, making and doing. This journey gives our students a voice with which to express their thoughts, feelings about and responses to the world around them as well as key skills that will equip them for their next steps in learning.

At Brabourne, it is essential that children are able to experience high quality Design and Technology experiences and they can answer some fundamental questions about these experiences. A sense of awe and wonder is developed through discovery of the processes this creates.  Children learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable designers. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology products, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.  It raises many social and moral questions.  Through teaching, children have the opportunity to discuss choices we make and the effect they have on the world around us.  It gives the children the opportunity to reflect on design work and creative work.  It teaches children about the reasons why people are different and, by developing the children’s knowledge and understanding of the opportunities that this brings, it promotes respect for other people, cultures and aesthetics.

At Brabourne, we aim to build Cultural Capital; children learn about key figures in design and become increasingly more familiar with those who have successfully developed creative, technical and practical expertise within the field.

Children will visit local buildings of significance as part of their Art & Design and Design and Technology learning, and opportunities to participate in local and national STEM events will be promoted to the children throughout the year

To find out more about our DT curriculum, please see:

Substantive & Disciplinary knowledge progression in DT (Substantive-and-disciplinary-knowledge-in-DT.pdf)